Coupla lil waves about during the week if you were prepared to scratch around. Sherwin Andrews hooked this lekker shot at Fence early in the week. Summer's here, so it's definitely time to lower your expectations if you're keen to get wet in the bay. Find a fish, grab a longboard, buy a handgun and bodysurf, or just learn to love surfing the onshores. Specially looking at the charts - beasterly easterly bows all week til Thursday.
Blame the bad run of surf on Carpark John. He got his new board last week, and we all know that new boards chase the surf away. Everyone will be relieved to know it goes it goes like a bomb and he's stoked as nuts about it.
Not much arrives in a post box these days, seeing as the modern world is all about emails not mail. Normally it's just my surf mags and the odd bill. So was pleasantly surprised to find a lil brown bag containing a bar of home-made wax cooked up by Millers local longboarder Mark Gerharty. Says it's special Maldives formula - pity it didn't come with a free air ticket over there to test it out!
Slack surf is bad for your health. In the absence of decent waves, PA mini-grom Kye MacGregor was boggering about on the jungle gym at school and learnt Isaac Newton's theory of gravity first hand. 'Cept it wasn't an apple falling from the tree, but Kye falling off the gym. Eina. Poor lightie has a bust arm and had some pins put in. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Still plenty of wildlife about in the water, with the whales still hanging around on the wildside. Luc Hosten got this classic pic of one out in front of his possie - looked like someone was trying to blast the passing chokka boat from the Schoenies cannon, but nah, just a whale bomb.
Did a lil blog post on Knowing your fins (the pointy kind that belong to dolphins and sharks etc) and asked Luc if he had any shots of raggie fins. He found this in his archive from a few years back. Guy caught a raggie at Avo's and pulled it in on the lil beach there - measured up nicely against a surfers board!
New lifeguard stand up at Hobie - looks like a lil space capsule that you can jump in and take off to Mars. Might need to use it in summer to go search for surf when the bay is looking like a lake. Nice wave at Pier in the background. Maybe all the easts will finally bring some sand back to our beaches and Pier, Hummies and Avo's will start breaking properly again?
Kelly is still King. He might be bald and the wrong side of 40, but he goes and stomps a 540 during a layday surf in Portugal. Pro surfing is gonna be boring once he leaves. Read an article by Derek Reilly where he points out that the World Tour losing Kelly will be like a marine park losing it's orca whale; all you're left with is a pool full of jumping fish - and who wants to come watch that!? Interesting times ahead.
Cool new product on the market for those peeps trying to keep the water out their ears. Called Surf Ears. Stop you getting surfers ear and other annoying ear infections. Seems like a pretty high tech ear plug for sure. The big difference is that with these puppies in you can still hear exactly whats going on around you, as they let sound in but keep the water out. So don;t throw off your balance either. Come in a bunch of sizes so you should be able to get one that fits nice and snug. Dave at Surf Centre is looking to stock them - so if you're interested then drop him a mail. firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina dropped the ball in Portugal, handing Kelly a golden opportunity to capitalise - and then Kelly dropped the ball too. Medina cried, Kelly probably banged his head against the locker in frustration. It all came down to Gabe bailing on his heat against Simpo with 2 minutes still left of the clock, and only needing a 5.78 - absolutely do-able in the conditions and with the time remaining. But he had a mind blast and bailed. Kelly was up next against Aritz, not normally viewed as a giant killer in any shape or form. But for some reason Kelly couldn't buy a wave out there. He did have a super deep long barrel, which had he made it it all woulda been different. But he didn't. And he lost his heat, and things stay very interesting for Pipe.